New trailers: X-Men, The BFG, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and more

All the shows and movies you should be looking out for


Guess what? There isn't a single Star Wars trailer this week. I mean, there was one — and you can watch it if you really, really want to — but it's time to call it quits. Seriously. You don't need to watch a Chinese Star Wars trailer to hold you over. Just wait it out. There's only one week to go. One week. You can do it.

In the meantime, check out 11 trailers for things you haven't already seen below.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Director Bryan Singer is back with a new X-Men. There's a flood of amazing actors in Apocalypse, including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and — the person playing Apocalypse himsef — Oscar Isaac, and this first trailer has them all setting up the film's apocalyptic evil. It'll be out on May 27th.


Steven Spielberg is bringing Roald Dahl's classic novel to life. The first trailer for The BFG came out this week, and it does exactly what a first trailer should: this isn't a tour of the entire plot, this isn't even a look at the movie's giants, it's just a short introduction to the main character and the magical mood of the story. It's out July 1st.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

It's been a long time since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was in theaters, so let me just remind you: it really is a fantastic martial arts film. That warning is necessary because you're going to question your memory after starting this trailer. It's not that everything happening in the trailer is bad, it's just that the music overtop of it all is so bewilderingly inappropriate for the subject that it all seems terrible. But just wait for the action to begin. The second you see Crouching Tiger's famously floaty sword fights, you'll be excited for its return. The movie is out on February 26th.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

I don't even know where to start with this. It feels like just a couple months ago — oh wow, really? That was a year and a half ago? — we were marveling at the existence of the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now we're getting a first look at its sequel. It is ridiculous in all the ways a TMNT movie should and shouldn't be. It'll be out on June 3rd.

The Legend of Tarzan

Does Tarzan need to be turned into a summer blockbuster? I guess it's too late to ask, because someone's already done it. The Legend of Tarzan looks like a confused mashup of Peter Jackson's King Kong and the new Planet of the Apes movies. The film is definitely trying to be an epic, but this trailer won't exactly leave you convinced that Tarzan can pull it off. It'll be out on July 1st.


Remember when Microsoft was going to make a ton of original TV shows and then Sony piggybacked and said it was going to do the same thing and then Microsoft totally backed out but Sony still went ahead and made one show, Powers, and somehow that show even got a second season? Anyway, Powers is back for a second season. It's PlayStation's only original show, and it looks okay. The show is about people with superpowers, but not necessarily superheroes. It returns next year.

Chelsea Does

Chelsea Handler will start up a talk show on Netflix next year, but before that, Netflix will be putting out a four-part documentary series that has Handler traveling around the US as she looks into marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs. The series looks… edgy, I guess? It's hard to tell how well Handler's humor comes off through just this short clip, but all you need to know is that Netflix isn't making her tone anything down. It's out on January 23rd.

Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore travels around the globe looking for the best bits of other countries to bring back to America in Where to Invade Next. The new documentary has a huge scope without any one specific focus beyond the idea that Americans may need to reevaluate the sentiment that their country does everything the best. It uses the same type of incredulous comedy that Moore does so well, and early reviewers seem to be fans. It's out on December 23rd.

Making a Murderer

You know how much everyone loved HBO's The Jinx? Now Netflix is trying its hand at a crime investigation documentary with Making a Murderer. The 10-episode series focuses on Steven Avery, who served over a decade in prison for a crime he didn't commit before landing back in prison for murder. The full series will be available beginning December 18th.


Want to watch something super beautiful and super creepy this week? Here you go. Enjoy. (There's no specific release date in the US just yet.)

The Nice Guys

Don't mistake The Nice Guys for just another buddy sorta-cop crime drama: it's a Shane Black buddy crime drama. Black is the director behind Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys looks like it'll be another movie that's way more eccentric and colorful than most of what's out there. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe star. It's supposed to come out on May 20th.